Hillary Clinton said yoga helped her survive the grueling 11-hour Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill Oct. 22.
Hillary said yoga gave her the stamina to endure the marathon grilling session, where the House Benghazi committee questioned her about the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and two Navy SEALS: Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
“Yes. Yes. Yoga always helps,” Clinton, 67, told Yahoo News (see video below).
Yoga reduces stress and anxiety, and can ward off depression, said Christina Brown, author of the Yoga Bible.
As Hillary earns raves for her unflappable demeanor at the oftentimes heated Benghazi hearings, three new books claim the self-professed yoga fan used to beat the crap out of husband Bill Clinton behind closed doors.
The Clintons’ former press officer, Dee Dee Myers, former Secret Service agents, and numerous White House staffers told political strategist Roger Stone and journalist Kate Andersen Brower in separate books that Hillary routinely used to slap, scratch and hit Bill.
“Hillary Clinton has a long history of being domestically violent with Bill,” Stone wrote in The Clintons’ War On Women. “Hillary has beaten Bill, hit him with hard objects, scratched and clawed him, and made him bleed.”
Rumors have long swirled that Hillary has been physically aggressive with Bill many times during their rocky marriage. One notable incident allegedly occurred in 1993, when Hillary discovered then-president Bill had entertained Barbra Streisand at the White House.
Hillary, who had flown to Arkansas to be with her dying father, flew into a rage when she learned Streisand (an ardent admirer of the philandering Bill) had spent the night at the White House.
Reporters later asked about an ugly scratch on Bill’s neck shortly after the incident. Bill’s former press officer, Dee Dee Myers, told reporters the president had cut himself shaving, but later admitted she had lied to cover up for Hillary.
“I’m the idiot who said he’d cut himself shaving before I’d seen him,” Myers said in 1999. “Then I saw him. It was a big scratch, clearly not a shaving cut. Barbra Streisand was clearly around at the time.”
The Clintons’ epic fights often ended with broken glass and shattered dishes left behind in the aftermath.
“When [the fight] was over, staff members found broken glass, smashed dishes and a cupboard door ripped off its hinges,” Chris Andersen wrote in American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path to Power.
Anderson said Hillary often attacked Bill in the presidential limousine on the way to official state functions. “[She would throw] yellow legal pads, files, briefing books, car keys,” wrote Anderson.
Things got even murkier at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Kate Andersen Brower, author of The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, said Hillary made Bill bleed after hitting him with a book during a heated argument.
“One staffer told me they were called up to their bedroom and they found this blood on the bed,” said Brower. “The president said he had run into the door in the middle of the night, but rumor was she clocked him with a book.”
Hillary has denied being violent with Bill, 69, saying if she had wanted to hurt him, she could have.
“I have a pretty good arm,” Clinton told CNN. “If I’d thrown a lamp at somebody, you’d have known about it.”
In the United States, one in 7 adult men has been the victim of physical violence by a romantic partner, according to the CDC. These men don’t fight back because they’ve been socialized not to “hit a woman,” and often don’t report the abuse out of shame and embarrassment.